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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

The (Morbid) Friday Five

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And since Jenni misses meryth and talban and their relentless bickering, Mer will probably do it too in his LJ too. I'm sure Talbie can find something to ridicule about his answers. He'll also be updating his adventures, after his handler...erm...figures out what happens next. *blushes* (She has a fairly good idea, rest assured.)

So here are the questions:

If you knew you were going to die on at specific day at a specific time, what's the last...
1. song you would listen to?
2. book you would read?
3. person you would talk to?
4. food you would eat?
5. goal you would accomplish?

1. song you would listen to?
"Tonight Tonight," by the Smashing Pumpkins.

The album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness came out when I was a freshman in high school. My sister bought it, and I yoinked her copy because I loved the CD so much. (It's over on my CD tower right now, ten years later, hehe.) My favorite was the song "Tonight Tonight," and when I developed a crush on one of my high school friends, the song would make me think of him because the intensity and passion in the song was how I wanted to fall in love.

I was still young enough to skate in my garage then, and I would skate to that song and pretend that I was skating for him. I nearly did a double jump once to that song, "skating for him."

"He," of course, was Bobby. I still think of him when I hear that song, and the song still gives me chills.

2. book you would read?
Does this have to be asked? The Silmarillion. Is it my favorite book? That's hard to say. It's certainly the book that's most changed my life.

And I'd need to say goodbye to Maedhros before moving beyond the Circles of the World.

3. person you would talk to?
Bobby, of course. Who else?

4. food you would eat?
Probably nachos. I would say that I like nachos, but that's not entirely true. It's more like "I'm a fiend for nachos." Ahhh...chips and cheesy evol goodness...what is it about them? I had nachos for lunch today: tortilla chips and melted cheddar and big hunks of onion and hot pepper (which were so hot that I gave half to my hubby with the cast-iron stomach) and...where was I?

Okay, so I like nachos. I feel guilty about eating them sometimes, as there's no way to justify them being good for me. I'm young, skinny, and active, but they're still really, really bad. So I usually argue with myself before ordering them. At least, if this was the last food I'd eat, I could skip the argument bit, as it would not matter much.

Oh, and Della Rose's has the best nachos. I should know; I'm conducting a study!

5. goal you would accomplish?
I'd say, "Start my business," but to what purpose? Nelyo's is only part of Bobby's dreams--his current job is more a career whereas mine is more a temporary fairly well-paying gig to keep me in the style to which I am accustomed--and I don't know that he'd want to forsake his work with CPB to pursue candymaking full-time. My mom might be interested, but she's retirement age; Sharon and Kirsty and I have talked about them opening Nelyo's British franchise, but maybe they'll find something better suited to their dreams and goals.

Still, I'd like to get Nelyo's underway, just to say that I did something that made me happy. And others too.

(Oh, and I'd finish revising bloody AMC for sure!)

  • Still, I'd like to get Nelyo's underway, just to say that I did something that made me happy. And others too.

    Mmm, I'd like to visit Nelyo's. If only because of its name. *grins* I wish you'd get some Elves in there. :P

    Does this have to be asked? The Silmarillion. Is it my favorite book? That's hard to say. It's certainly the book that's most changed my life.

    Well, I can't talk about anything changing my life as of yet, but I do heart the Silm. Although when I first read it my sympathies lay closer to the narrator's (the accepted Arda-view, anyone?) and only later did I start to go "Hey, wait a minute..."

    (Oh, and I'd finish revising bloody AMC for sure!)

    Polishing = nice.

    Short chapters give me grief. (Dawn, have I mentioned that you're lucky to be able to write long chapters? Only a hundred times, I bet) With long chapters, one can cut. With short chapters, there's nothing to add.

    *is up to 15000 words and 7 chapters on Untitled Feanorian Fic*
    • Mmm, I'd like to visit Nelyo's. If only because of its name. *grins* I wish you'd get some Elves in there. :P

      I wish I could get some Elves to work at Nelyo's too! :^D Not only are they Elves (and so very cool) but you don't have to worry about getting them medical insurance or sick leave. Alas, I fear that the only Elves shall be in my head. ;)

      If you ever find yourself in the US, by all means, stop in! The Super Sekrit password for free ice cream is to name the seven sons of Feanor in Quenya.

      Short chapters give me grief. (Dawn, have I mentioned that you're lucky to be able to write long chapters? Only a hundred times, I bet)

      See, now I envy you for being able to write short chapters! Some of my original "chapters" for AMC were 30K+ words, so naturally, I had to hack them down into manageable pieces, with the result that I couldn't always find a good place to break and so the chapter ended strangely or the next chapter began strangely....

      I think that good medium-sized chapters are the best, around 5-10K words or so. Unfortunately, writing in blocks of any set length eludes me, so I always end up having to hack my stories into chapters.

      *is up to 15000 words and 7 chapters on Untitled Feanorian Fic*

      Yay! Congratulations! I can't wait to read it! :)
  • I love your answers to this. I'm going to have to give the meme a lot of thought before I tackle it. Your song is great, and it has such special meaning for you. Choice #2 goes without saying! #3: Awwwwww! I love nachos too, but I haven't had any for quite a few weeks! I'm being good! As for goal, it's nice to know I can still have a few. I love yours, of course, and I sincerely hope that you make it a reality!
    • Tongue-kissing E&E are back! Ahhh! *runs and hides* :^D

      I hope Nelyo's becomes a reality too. Right now, I feel like Bobby and I hang on a delicate balance with our business goals and a small thing could tip us in either direction. He just got bumped to the head of the list for taking a job overseas for a few years, so if that happens, of course we'll have to wait until we get back. But Nelyo's will be a definite then because the guv'ment will pay for our housing while we're overseas and we'll be able to save lots of money. Maybe I could even open my ice cream store right away. (!!!) And I'll have lots of free time to write the website code, et cetera.

      If not, it'll be something that we do gradually over the next few years, as we become more financially secure. It's kind of an exciting time but there's a lot of blind corners ahead of us too.
  • I loved your answer at #1. I mean wow! That's so sweet and great, looking back on it now, with your husband at your side.

    And I'd need to say goodbye to Maedhros before moving beyond the Circles of the World.

    For some reason, this phrase raised the hairs on the back of my head and made my eyes all teary. Plus, it's so beautiful and well said.

    Don't ever give up on the dream and the ambition to start "Nelyo's" It will be well worth it, because you are very talented at making candy and you'll make a lot of clients very happy. (and your f-list drool, too) ;)
    • I loved your answer at #1. I mean wow! That's so sweet and great, looking back on it now, with your husband at your side.

      Yep. :) I sometimes feel like my life has a soundtrack, and "Tonight Tonight" is definitely one of the key songs. There are certain songs that keenly bring back how I felt at a particular time in my life, and that is certainly one of them.

      (And it's strangely appropriate at the moment because ten years ago from this day--15 May--I realized that I had an incurable crush on him...so I was goiing all nutz over that song exactly ten years ago. Weird!)

      Don't ever give up on the dream and the ambition to start "Nelyo's" It will be well worth it, because you are very talented at making candy and you'll make a lot of clients very happy. (and your f-list drool, too) ;)

      Don't worry, I won't give it up! :^D It's one of the few jobs that I believe could truly make me happy. (Even happier than being a professional writer? I think so!) There's very few jobs that accomodate my sideways brain, and I have learned that entrepreneurship is one of them because it is beneficial to be good at lots of weird things. ;)

      And I hope certain of my flist will make it over to Baltimore to pay Nelyo's (and me!) a visit someday too. :)
  • Nelyo's is (IMO) a brilliant goal, even if you only achieve one shop. While I was on holiday it was almost impossible to find a genuine ice cream - the only places selling anything of the sort seem to be the fast food chains, and I would hardly call that ice cream at all. In Las Vegas I managed to get an ice cream (pretty much essential in that heat!), although the shop only had four flavours, and several people came up to me and asked me where I got it, so I think there's a market, even if it's only British tourists!
    • Welcome back! :^D You enjoyed your holiday, I hope?

      Fast food ice cream: definitely not ice cream! I agree with you there! Even as far as mass-produced ice cream chain ice cream goes, I can tell the difference between that and homemade. Especially in chocolate-based flavors, which always taste metallic to me.

      The goal for Nelyo's is to start online with the candy, then move up to buying a shop. We're starting small, but we'll get there! And there's lots of variables now too because Teh Hubby just got bumped to the top of the list for an overseas assignment, which would let us save lots of money on housing (as it would be paid by the guv'ment) so that we could probably open a shop as soon as we returned. So I have my fingers crossed for that...but either way, in ten years, I hope to have my own shop.

      (And I welcome British tourists! :^D Our summer heat index here is generally around 40C, so you'd probably need it here as well.)
  • Believe me babe, if the opportunity arises to do Nelyo's full time and make enough loot to live the lifestyle we enjoy, I will be more than happy to tell the guv'ment to go and....well, you get the picture :)
    • I know how important your work is and how much you do love it, which is why (you know) I hesitate to unequivocally commit you to my harebrained schemes. ;)

      You know that I'd love to have you as a fulltime business partner, and our schedules would even work perfectly: You get things started in the mornings and I close up at night. That seems the perfect life to me: minimal commuting, getting to work together again, not having to answer to any bosses.... *happy sigh*
  • Nachos eh? I ordered a bean&cheese chimichanga tonight, because you made me want one! (Ok, so that was a little while ago, but this was the first time I've had Mexican since then!)

    Oh! Ironic/funny thing. I think I put a picture of some cute puppies in a comment once to you, but I can't remember when, so I hope it was to you, or else I'll feel silly. Anyways, I found out that one of the puppies in that picture is named Finn, short for Fingolfin!! Not even kidding!! :D
    • Bean and cheese chimi, eh? *drools* Who says I can't have one for breakfast? :^D

      And that's crazy about the puppy's name! (Yes, that was me, btw.) I suppose then that Feanor is the pit bull chained out back?
      • Speaking of breakfast, I seriously think I had cereal withdrawel. I went four days without it!!

        The other nice thing about the puppy's name is that I won't feel so nerdy if I name my dog something like that!!

        Actually, I think Feanor is the loose dog terrorizing the neighborhood, knocking over people's trash cans.
        • Bobby never lets me name our communal "pets" after Sil characters. He wouldn't let me name our big cactus "Eol" so I went with "Pablo" instead. :(

          My stuff, though, is always named after Sil characters. Maeglin the iPod, Pengolodh the laptop, etc. :^P
          • Bobby never lets me name our communal "pets" after Sil characters.

            Awww. :( Most people I know who would be sharing my pets would have no idea if something was from the Sil. :)
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